Whistle is very proud to announce the news that Fox Sports rules analyst Dean Blandino has joined the board of directors.
Dean joined Fox Sports in 2017 contributing regularly to both Fox Sports’ college football and NFL telecasts from the network’s Los Angeles studio. After his first season with the network, he is highly respected for his unique insights and interpretation of the rules.
Dean is the NFL’s former Senior Vice President of Officiating. He was first introduced to the world of officiating nearly 25 years ago when he was hired as an NFL intern, which now looking back was the spark of an admirable career. He quickly rose to become an Instant Replay Official from 1999 to 2003 and was selected to work two Super Bowls and two conference championships. As Manager of Instant Replay (2003-07), Dean oversaw a system upgrade to high definition equipment before entering his role as Director of Officiating (2007-09, 2012-13), in which he served as the No.2 officer behind former official Mike Pereira, the pair now reunited together having joined forces on Fox Sports.
In between his time at the NFL, Dean formed a company in 2009, Under the Hood that provides training to instant replay officials serving the NFL and several college football conferences. It was Dean who oversaw the NFL’s noteworthy full-time hire of line judge Sarah Thomas, the league’s first female official in 2015 during his time as Vice President of Officiating (2013-16).
Dean led the officiating team during his role at the NFL with ensured integrity, shares a real passion with the team at Whistle and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help steer the company’s strategic vision.
“I am truly honored to become a part of the dynamic and ambitious team at Whistle”, Dean commented.
He continued, “We all share a similar passion for sports officiating and a vision to better connect officials with sporting events at all levels.”
For those attending the 2018 Sports Officiating Summit in New Orleans between July 29th and 31st, Dean will be featuring in a livestream Q&A session with delegates attending the Whistle Gamechanger presentation on Tuesday 31st July.